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How to plan a trip to mauritania

The Islamic Republic of Mauritania is a country located on the African continent. Predominantly covered by the great Sahara Desert, the approximate area of the country is about 1,030,000 square kilometers. This country shares its borders with Algeria, Senegal and Mali, among others, Mauritania has a 754-kilometers long Atlantic Ocean coastline with the capital city, Nouakchott, situated on the seashore. So, your Mauritania travel guide will include unique experiences of both sea and desert in the country.

Guidelines for Acquiring Visa of Mauritania

All foreign nationals are required to apply for visa approvals before entering the country. A valid passport with more than six months validity and one blank page for stamping purposes is also mandatory. For tourists, return tickets and hotel booking confirmations are required. You need to approach one of the consulates of the country for application of Mauritania visa. The general period of processing is about 15 days and the visa is valid for six months for single entry.

The Best Months for a Vacation in Mauritania

The country has a unique climatic combination owing to closeness of both the sea and desert. The region is generally hot and dry, with temperatures reaching a scalding 45 degrees in summer. So, the best time to visit Mauritania is the cooler season from November to March. During this time, the temperature drops to a more comfortable 25 degrees. The coastal region temperatures are constant throughout the year with sea breezes. The desert, on the other hand, experiences negative temperatures during nighttime and scorching sun in the day.

Best Tourism Points of Interest in Mauritania

The sea and the desert provide the tourists with the opportunity to enjoy fishing and camel safari, two of the top things to do in Mauritania. The ruins of the old city of Chinguetti are one of the best places to visit in Mauritania. A trip to this town will feel like stepping into an old Arab town. Also, the Parc National du Banc d’Arguin, a natural forest reserve and the resting place of a large variety of migratory birds, the capital city of Nouakchott are other tourist attractions.

Transportation systems in Mauritania

You need to be prepared to travel by multiple means for solving the problem of how to reach Mauritania tourist destinations. There are some public buses traveling in the major cities only. You may travel by shared taxis, or book private four-wheel drives for extensive travels through the country. Air travel is preferable for the more remote locations as distances are enormously long. Do experience the famous 18-hour train journey from Nouadhibou to Zouerat for a memorable local sight-and-sound experience.

Local Food and Places to Stay in Mauritania          

'Thieboudienne' (pronounced as Cheb-u-jin), a dish of fish and rice, is considered the national dish of Mauritania. Mechoui (whole lamb barbecue) and goat stuffed with rice are popular meat dishes. Mint tea and 'Zrig' (camel milk) are popular beverages. Monotel Hotel in Nouakchott and Hotel El Medina in Noaudhibou are two of the best hotels in Mauritania for a relaxed and comfortable vacation.

The guidelines above will pave your way towards a comfortable enjoyment of your trip to Mauritania.

How much does it cost to travel to Mauritania

Plan your trip to Mauritania with an estimated budget for your travel. The average daily cost of food in Mauritania is USD 49 per person. For a family of four, the cost of eating out is USD 196. For getting around Mauritania, you will need a rough figure of USD 46 per day. For detailed Mauritania trip cost calculator, use Mauritania Trip Planner.

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